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What makes Cam Newton and Greg Olsen click?

Cam Newton and Greg Olsen have worked hard on routes, studied film and forged a bond that gives Carolina a formidable threat in Super Bowl 50.

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Bubble Watch: Duke aims to stay a cut above

The unranked Blue Devils need all the wins they can get during an upcoming pivotal stretch, which starts today against NC State. Watch the game on ESPN and WatchESPN.

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Monster dunk fires up Duke crowd (0:28)
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Ellis' big day fuels Kansas (1:03)
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Kapadia: Super Bowl cheat sheet

Here are the 10 things you need to know if you plan on placing a wager, making a prediction or just want to sound smart when talking about the big game.

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Young/Strauss: Durant leads Thunder into Western showdown

Kevin Durant and Stephen Curry share the court tonight. Could they one day be teammates? It's just one of many subplots that surround OKC's trip to Golden State (9 p.m. ET, ESPN & WatchESPN).

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4hTom Haberstroh

Cuban: Hacking rules keep intrigue in NBA game

Mavericks owner Mark Cuban disagrees with the notion that hacking hurts the game, telling ESPN.com that he believes fans actually feel more part of the game in hack-a-player situations.

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Final Four party crashers (1:37)
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Experts: Best bets for Super Bowl 50

Looking to place a wager on Super Bowl 50? Chalk's Vegas experts help sort through nearly 400 prop bets, and give analysis on the side and total.

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Junior college gave Newton 'sense of humility' (1:30)
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Kenny's magical Super Bowl journey (3:16)
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How Broncos and Panthers got here (2:03)
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Prem: Liverpool 2-2 Sunderland (1:28)
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Attwood: England strangled Scotland (2:46)
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7-foot-6 Tacko Fall tips in with ease (0:23)
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Omogbo finding peace on the court (5:55)
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Did Draymond Green start a water bath trend? (0:32)
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SportsCenter's Hall of Fame preview (2:22)
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All-Time #NBArank: Where does Kobe belong?

As Kobe Bryant closes his storied career, where does he stack up among the likes of the Big O and Dr. J? See where he stands as our countdown approaches the top 10.

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McIntyre: Few bright spots in U.S. win

Jozy Altidore's late winner was the highlight of an otherwise disappointing performance for the U.S. in an ugly win over Canada, writes Doug McIntyre.

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Jimmy Butler out vs. Timberwolves
NBA 

The Bulls All-Star swingman will not play Saturday due to a sprained left knee. Coach Fred Hoiberg said the initial diagnosis was positive, but they won't know the outcome until the MRI results are back. Butler was scheduled to have an MRI today in Minneapolis but the results are unclear.

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Duke doing damage from beyond the arc
NCAAM 

The Blue Devils have connected on more 3-pointers (13) than 2-pointers (11) so far against NC State. Duke is shooting 13-of-26 from deep, led by Luke Kennard's 6-of-10. Live on ESPN & WatchESPN

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ICYMI: Avery Bradley sinks Cavs
NBA 

The Cavs could only lose to a 3-pointer.

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Brian Windhorst @WindhorstESPN

NBA announces JR Smith was incorrectly called for a foul in final 5 seconds last night that set up Celtics 5-point possession to beat Cavs.

Kennys Mayne's Super Bowl journey
NFL 

Panthers DE Jared Allen came along on a magical trip to the best 7-Eleven in San Jose. Joe Montana and Bill Walton made appearances.

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Bryn Forbes dialed in for Spartans

Bryn Forbes' eight 3-pointers are the most by a Michigan State player since Chris Hill set a Big Ten record with 10 against Syracuse in 2003. The Spartans have pushed their lead over 20 with seven minutes to play. Follow live

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Crimson Tide crowd doesn't like whistle
NCAAM 

Wait. Spongebob is an Alabama fan?

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UTEP to honor 1966 title team

Don Haskins shook up the sports world 50 years ago by fielding an all-black starting lineup to win the national title over Kentucky when the school was called Texas Western. UTEP is honoring the team at today's game against Western Kentucky.

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Cowboys' Carroll hits back-to-back treys
NCAAM 

Jeffrey Carroll has Oklahoma State within a possession of No. 13 Iowa State after a pair of 3-pointers on ESPN2.

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Bay Area fans choose their fav matchup
NBA 

ESPN's Scoop Jackson asks fans which game they'd rather see: the Thunder-Warriors tilt on Saturday or the Super Bowl on Sunday.

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Monster dunk fires up Cameron
NCAAM 

Dick Vitale had a subtle appreciation for this throwdown by Duke's Grayson Allen.

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Super Bowl 50 betting nuggets
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  • Consensus belief among Las Vegas bookmakers: Denver and the under are the sharp sides
  • "Yes" on "Will there be a successful two-point conversion?" is the most popular prop bet at William Hill
More betting notes

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From the mag: Remember Whitney's anthem?
NFL 

Just 10 days after the U.S. entered a war, Whitney Houston's national anthem at Super Bowl XXV was the melody that helped everyone unite for the moment. When Whitney hit the note

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Jeff Goodman ESPN Insider 

Providence was thoroughly outplayed by Villanova in the first 20 minutes. Friars fortunate to only be down 12 at the break. Dunn has six points (four in transition) and Bentil has two points and two fouls -- and largely ineffective with that ankle injury.

Broncos' defense is among best ever
NFL 

John Clayton says based on talent, the Orange Rush (or whatever ends up being the nickname of this defense) stacks up to some of the best ever. Where they stack up

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SC Throwback: Suns hands Bulls fifth loss
NBA 

Twenty years ago today it was the Charles Barkley show as the Suns handed the 72-win Bulls their 5th loss of the season.

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Vardy signs extension with Leicester
Soccer 

Jamie Vardy, the Premier League's leading scorer, inked a new contract to remain with Leicester City until 2019. Vardy has helped spark Leicester's stunning run to the top of the EPL table.

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Leicester City @LCFC

VARDY: "Im absolutely delighted to be fighting to achieve something special with this Club. I've never known a spirit like it." #vardylcfc

Broncos readying for Super Bowl Sunday
NFL 

Peyton Manning joined Annabel Bowlen, wife of owner Pat Bowlen, in a team photo Saturday in Santa Clara. Only one of ESPN's 70 analysts, editors and experts picked their team to win by double digits Sunday. Expert picks

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ICYMI: There's no pleasing Gregg Popovich
NBA 

Ask too many questions? Pop gets mad. Jeff Van Gundy went the opposite route and asked one question. Pop got mad.

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Michigan State routing Michigan at half

Bryn Forbes already tied his career-high with seven 3-pointers in the first half and has 23 points overall, as the No. 10 Spartans lead the Wolverines 44-28. Overall, Michigan State is shooting a whooping 10-for-14 from long range. Follow live

Mariner: Fan walkout affected Liverpool
Soccer 

Paul Mariner thinks a fan protest against Anfield ticket prices may have influenced Liverpool's late collapse against Sunderland.

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Brogdon trots out Statue of Liberty dunk
NCAAM 

Virginia's Malcolm Brogdon soared past the Pittsburgh defense for a big one-handed dunk.

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